Can you think of a better place to have Thanksgiving than in Philadelphia? As the city that is called the birthplace of the United States and is known as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia is the perfect backdrop to celebrate Thanksgiving. The city is rich in history and has numerous iconic landmarks, so residents and visitors alike enjoy the city that is home to the Liberty Bell, Independence Mall, and many others.

When you plan for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, you’ll obviously want your family and your friends surrounding you at the table. While everyone thinks of the traditional feast, don’t forget the drinks, football, maybe some family games, and of course, great conversation. Remove the cooking and baking from your things to do this year and bring the family over to City Cruises and enjoy Thanksgiving on the water aboard one of our exclusive yachts! This way you can let someone else do the work so you can kick back and relax. It will be a new experience, an unforgettable one at that, one that can be the start of a new tradition for you and your family.


Thanksgiving in Philadelphia is Best When You Celebrate on the Water

Start the holiday off right with a Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Early Dinner Cruise. Instead of having your loved ones show up to your home, meet up at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia so that you can begin your Thanksgiving Day excursion together. This Thanksgiving is going to be different as you all embark on an unforgettable experience.

City Cruises’ Early Dinner Signature Cruise will be extra special because along with dining, you will get to dance to tunes played by a live DJ and enjoy amazing skyline views on the Delaware River along with historic waterfront views.


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A delicious, chef-prepared buffet will be waiting for you and your guests, including all the trimmings for Thanksgiving. There’s something for everyone on the menu, including salads such as the Greek Salad and Roasted Vegetable and Grains. For the main course, choices include Hand Carved Oven Roasted Turkey, Oven Roasted Atlantic Salmon, and Three Cheese Baked Macaroni. Enjoy complements including Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Sweet Potato, and Traditional Stuffing. Plus, you will have your choice of Apple Crisp and delicious choices from a Seasonal Dessert Display for dessert. Unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea, and water are included. Soda and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase on the cruise. City Cruises tries to accommodate dietary restrictions as well.

Whether you are on the climate-controlled interior decks or enjoying the breathtaking views from the open-air roof decks, you will get to see some of Philadelphia’s landmarks including the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Dress casually and know that you will have a guaranteed table for your party when you reserve your spot. Make it a Thanksgiving like you’ve never had before and one that you will want to come back to.


Fun Things to Do in Philadelphia Around Thanksgiving in 2023

What is considered the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade is in Philadelphia and has been happening for more than a century. The parade is for all ages and features floats, balloons, musical acts, cheerleaders, marching bands, and dancers. Held this year on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023, the parade starts at 9:00am ET and lasts about 2.5 to 3 hours. The parade begins around 20th and JFK Boulevard and goes through the city for 1.4 miles. Get there early to grab a spot; some people begin camping out around sunrise.

חג ההודיהIf you’re really stuffed after Thanksgiving, why not go for a run? Sign up for the Run Off the Turkey Trot 5K/10K/13.1 Philadelphia on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, starting at 7:30am. Run in this small, private group in the annual Turkey Trot Run. The run is open to all paces and ages, but those under 18 must have a guardian. The run is stress-free with no timing chips. You will receive some cool swag, too!

Head over to Christmas Village in Philadelphia from Nov. 18, 2023, through Dec. 24, 2023, to start your holiday shopping. In its 16th year, the village is modeled after traditional German Christmas markets and is held at Love Park and City Hall from 12:00pm to 8:00pm daily. It features a host of local and international vendors as well as mascot Phil the Reindeer. Enjoy a carousel ride, a Ferris wheel, and a train for the kids.

If you love locally made goods, then head over to the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park, which runs from Nov. 10, 2023, to Jan. 1, 2024, and is closed Christmas Day. You’ll find handmade items and gifts from local artisans, crafters, designers, and jewelers. Admission is free.

Visit all of Philadelphia’s iconic and historic spots on the Revolution and the Founders: History Tour of Philadelphia. The two-hour tour will take you to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, George Washington’s home, Alexander Hamilton’s home, and much more. You will be guided by a historian with a history degree while getting a fascinating history of the city. Reservations are required.


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Book Your 2023 Philadelphia Thanksgiving with City Cruises Today

Make this year extra special for Thanksgiving and take your celebration to the water with City Cruises. Warm and welcoming staff on the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Early Dinner Cruise will be onboard to ensure you are enjoying every part of the cruise. You will find that it is now the only way to celebrate this special holiday with friends and family. We look forward to seeing you for Thanksgiving.